Information on Ghee That Might Surprise You and Change Your Eating Habits

Ghee is a class of butter that is clarified and originated in India.  It is also commonly used in cuisine in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, traditional medicine as well as religious rituals.

Weight loss diet

Many wonder if ghee is good for weight loss diet!  This question might seem strange, but we have a mindset that pure ghee is an unhealthy resource of fat and should not be added to any diet if you want to keep body weight under control.  But ghee for weight loss does help.

In the past

Ghee has been used for many centuries, especially in any traditional Indian cuisines for cooking as well as a table condiment and spread.  It also has been used for it benefits in health – to boost heart and bone health. If you are having stomach problems eating ghee in empty stomach will help.

Made from

Ghee made from buffalo milk, cow’s milk or a blend of both.  It has an aroma that is pleasant as well as a slight nutty flavour.  To make ghee, unsalted butter can be heated and the foam that forms will be able to be skimmed off, just as for making clarified butter.  But for ghee the remaining liquid, which is pure butterfat, then simmered until it caramelizes. Ghee is a creamy solid at room temperature, easily liquefies at room temperatures and can be kept unrefrigerated for months if kept in a container that is closed.

While refrigeration of ghee is not needed, it will keep much longer if you do – often up to a year.  It hardens in the refrigerator but once warmed up quickly softens. Moisture is the only thing that can spoil ghee, so always use a dry utensil when spooning it out of the jar.

Tests in research

Rats fed a diet high in ghee for 35 days had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or ‘good cholesterol’) and triglycerides (blood fats) are lower, than rats fed a diet of soybean or a diet high in linoleic acid.

Other studies

Other animal studies show that ghee reduces total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (including low-density lipoprotein, the dangerous kind) as well as triglycerides.

Studies done in India showed that men who eat high amounts of ghee had suggestivelyless incidences of coronary heart problems.

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